The route is presented on https://www.svenskaturistforeningen.se/guider-tips/leder/europaled-1/ (only in swedish right now, but soon an english version will be available). There you can also learn about how it is to walk in Sweden https://www.swedishtouristassociation.com/hiking/
The route E1 is described from south to north. Most of it is in lowland, but in the north in mountains (in Swedish “fjäll”).
Halmstad – town
Please note that Stena Line, who sail from Grenå in Denmark to Halmstad in Sweden in periods do not take walking passengers onboard their ferries.
Grövelsjön – village in the mountains with STF mountain station
Which cities and towns does the E-path pass through
Passes close to the city of Göteborg (Gothenburg) and a number of small towns and municipalities: Borås, Ulricehamn, Karlsborg, Lindesberg, Smedjebacken, Leksand, Mora, Sälen.
About 1200 km
Ground paths of the E-path
Halmstad – Simlångsdalen , local path, 18 km
Simlångsdalen – Blåvettnerna, path Hallandsleden, 200 km, www.hallandsleden.se
Blåvettnerna – Skatås (Göteborg), path Bohusleden,27 km, www.bohusleden.se
Skatås (Göteborg) – Hindås, path Vildmarksleden, 38 km, www.vildmarksleden.se
Hindås – Mullsjö, path Sjuhäradsleden, https://www.vastsverige.com/en/ulricehamn/leder/the-sjuharad-trail/ and https://naturkartan.se/en/sjuharadsleden
Mullsjö – Karlsborg, path Västra Vätterleden, 189 km, www.skaraborgsleder.se
Karlsborg – Kloten, path Bergslagsleden, 280 km, www.bergslagsleden.se
Kloten – Björsjö, path Malingsbo-Klotenrundan, 20 km, www.visitdalarna.se
Björsjö – Jätturn, path Sméleden, 57 km, www.smedjebacken.se
Jätturn – Leksand, mostly paths Gagnefs fäbodstigar, 80 km, limited information
Leksand – Mora, path Siljansleden, 70 km, https://www.swedishtouristassociation.com/trails/siljansleden/
Mora – Sälen, path Vasaloppsleden, 90 km, https://www.svenskaturistforeningen.se/guider-tips/leder/vasaloppsleden/
Sälen – Grövelsjön, local paths, 160 km, www.malung-salen.se and https://issuu.com/adpine/docs/mst-vandringsfolder_2019_issuu
Regional and local organizations and municipalities. Information about which are the responsible organisations you find in the respective links to the footpaths.
There is no publication for E1 in Sweden as a whole. See the respective links where information in terms of descriptions and maps and reference to leaflets and maps can be found. Note that some of the routes only have information in Swedish.
See the respective links for information about maps. For smaller footpaths maps can be found on www.naturkartan.se/en/
Marking systems differ even if most of them have orange bands around trees and poles. In addition some of footpaths, but not all, have the E1-mark (blue with 15 yellow stars) in addition. Where E1 switches between two regional footpaths there can be stretches with no marked trail.
Crossing other E-paths
E1 and E6 use a short common part of Hallandsleden
STF youth hostels are available for some parts of the E-path. Several links also have information about other kinds of accommodation like bed-and-breakfast, hotels. There are also shelters on some of the foot-paths. You are allowed to use you own tent in many places.
Food can be bought in stores in villages, municipalities and towns close to the footpaths. For some parts you will have to carry food with you for a couple of days. Water can have to be carried with you for a day.
There is an extensive network of buses and trains close to the footpaths.
No special equipment is needed. Good shoes that can stand also wet ground and rain-gear is recommended.
Ingemund 8 juli 2020